The lightning caused Pass Creek Fire (#245) has burned an estimated 20 acres as of Monday. Photo by Dustin Wessel//BLM AFS

BLM AFS smokejumpers working on wildfire near Canadian border

Four BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on a lightning-caused wildfire near the Canadian Border. The Pass Creek Fire (#245) was spotted by BLM AFS personnel from the Upper Yukon Zone on a detection flight Sunday following a few days of lightning strikes in Alaska. It is burning in a modified protection option area […]

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Weather helps suppression, hinders demobilization of Norton Sound fires

The same weather that helped firefighters with suppression efforts over the past few days is now keeping them from demobilizing from two fires burning near the western coast of Alaska. A squad of six emergency firefighters from the Grayling village crew have been mopping up the Stebbins Dump Fire (#238) since BLM Alaska Fire Service […]

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State forestry managing 119-acre wildfire southwest of McGrath

Wildland firefighters are managing a lightning-caused wildfire that was reported late Saturday morning about 150 miles southwest of McGrath, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Paimiut Fire, named after the nearby Paimiut Slough, is estimated at 119 acres. Six smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were dropped on the fire Saturday afternoon […]

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East Fork Fire community meeting in Sterling tonight at 6 p.m.

A public meeting will be held tonight at the Sterling Community Center at 6pm. Join us tonight at the public meeting for an update on current fire activity as well as the plan for how it will be managed. Officials from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai Peninsula Borough […]

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Kenai Peninsula’s East Fork Fire grows to over 1,300 acres

The lightning-caused East Fork has grown to over 1300 acres and continues to burn in a limited protection area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. Firefighting efforts are focused on the western and southern perimeters […]

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The Call of the Wild Fire (#242) burned on the northwest side of Big Lake. Forestry firefighters are working on mopping up the fire today. Photo by Renette Saba//Alaska Division of Forestry

Forestry firefighters stop Big Lake fire

Alaska Division of Forestry crews worked late into the night and early Sunday morning to contain a fire near Big Lake. Six DOF firefighters stayed overnight on the fire – named after the nearby Call of the Wild Road – and picked up where they left off at 7 a.m. to get the 3.8 acre […]

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This photo taken from the air on June 16, 2017, shows the path of the Romanof Fire from its point of origin on the coast of the Norton Sound. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

BLM AFS smokejumpers, aircraft kept busy by west coast fires

A fire burning outside the Stebbins dump and another burning on the tundra 29 miles to the south kept BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers busy throughout most of Friday night and a good portion of Saturday morning. Instead of settling down as expected due to humidity levels on the Norton Sound coast, the Romanoff Fire […]

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East Fork Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 850 acres

A lightning-caused wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge more than doubled in size on Friday after increasing winds throughout the afternoon produced extreme fire behavior on the east and northeast sides of the fire. The latest size estimate on the East Fork Fire as of late Friday night was 850 acres. Most of the […]

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The Romanoff Fire (#234) is burning in fire within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of Port Romanof on the Norton Sound coast. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Smokejumpers, water scoopers working fire on Norton Sound coast

A load of eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and three aircraft including two water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes responded Friday night to a wildfire on the south side of Point Romanof about 29 miles south of Stebbins. While looking into a report of a possible fire just four miles west of last week’s Kogok 3 […]

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Wildfire on Kenai Peninsula grows but poses no immediate threat

A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size on Friday but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of 5:30 p.m., the East Fork Fire was estimated between 300-400 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Most of the growth […]

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